Notice to Navigation 2019-010 Okeechobee Waterway and Canaveral Harbor Lock Operations during Tropical Storms and Hurricanes



JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT                                          LOCAL NUMBER: 2019-010
ATTN: CESAJ-OD-SN                                                  WATERWAY: OKEECHOBEEE WATERWAY &
PO Box 4970                                                                 CANAVERAL HARBOR

JACKSONVILLE, FL 32232-0019                                  EFFECTIVE: 08/29/2019 00:00 thru 10/31/2019 24:00 EST


POC: Gary Hipkins, South Florida Operations Office, 863-983-8101







a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters


1. Notice to Navigation

Notice is given that 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall, locks will be open 6 AM to 10 PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to landfall, as railroad and drawbridges will be lowered or rotated and locked into a secure position. It's important that all vessels are at their intended destination before bridges are secured and passage across the waterway suspended.


For Lock Operator safety, the locks will:

1. Stop locking vessels or working outdoors if lightning is observed within five miles of the lock, and operations will not resume until lightning has not been seen in the area for 30 minutes.

               2. Stop locking vessels when winds exceed 35 MPH.

After a storm, it could be days or weeks before the waterway is reopened, depending on damage to structures and how quickly debris creating navigation hazards can be removed. When locking is resumed, it will be at the site’s normal locking hours: Okeechobee Waterway Locks from 7 AM to 5 PM, Canaveral Harbor Lock 6 AM to 9:30 PM.


For up-to-date Lock information, contact the shift operator at:


Okeechobee Waterway Locks from 7 AM to 5 PM;

St. Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665

               Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858

               Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414

               Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616

W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451

Canaveral Harbor Lock 6 AM to 9:30 PM;

                Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421




Gary L. Hipkins,

Chief Navigation &

Flood Risk Management

South Florida Operations

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